The decision of the Greek government, late last Friday, to put the proposals of the creditors to referendum caught by surprise even those who, from a grassroots perspective, have been fighting against the murderous austerity in Greece in recent years.
Austerity? Debt? Structural Economics? Externalities?
We are screwed. Period.
Brilliant and concise analysis, Mr. Karyotis.
Pointing out the fear factor and how people fear what’s unknown is a huge part of the calculus.
These vital insights deserve to be repeated:
“We cannot call a referendum that asks people to take sides voting YES or NO on highly ambiguous matters an “act of direct democracy,” especially since the agenda itself has been defined in a series of meetings behind closed doors. Indeed, the Greek people are called to decide on this “historic” referendum without really understanding the question, unable to anticipate or control the consequences of their verdict, and without having produced a solid “Plan B” for the day after.”
(This is reminiscent of so-called citizens’ support for treaties decided by corporate moguls behind closed doors and pushed through under “Fast Track.”)
“A determining factor is that, at present, for a vocal minority of the population it is evident that democracy and social justice have become incompatible with the European project; that the people of the European periphery are treated as scapegoats and called to pay the cost of the structural crisis in the Eurozone; that the venerated “European integration” project currently means nothing more than the penetration of capital into all spheres of life and the sacrifice of the environment, the commons and the welfare of the subaltern classes in the altar of capitalist profitability.”
(The above model is the ultimate ends of The Shock Doctrine, and that agenda is intended for LOTS of nations.)
“Creative ambiguity…” great terms!
Lastly, what’s happening in Greece: that is cutting off the money supply in order to thwart the implementation of leadership’s objectives is a re-run of what took place in South Africa once Nelson Mandela was elected President. There, too, the big banks cut off loans and financial support forcing the leader to do THEIR bidding, rather than what he was elected to do.
Big money has most nations by the balls. It’s time to go back to barter, for people to find ways to meet their needs through direct sharing… and let the faux paper money streams–into the countless trillions–dreamt up by these high stake Montecarlo hustlers fall to earth with the gravity of its own graft… and ultimate absence of actual value.
From ancient antiquity, the morality play goes back to Greece. Its storyline would convey a moral lesson applicable to all. It’s time for a new morality play, and in this one, the bankers get to keep the fruit of their graft… but their fake paper money streams no longer get to purchase human beings, human labor, or the ecosystems put on this earth to support life for all… and that includes animals, plants, and the mineral kingdom.
the old school term is, I believe, “the printing press”. Same as the banks do it.
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A concise summary of the real forces behind these international scammers. Truly evil, they forced a Fed on the American people in 1913. Forced a war in 1917 and enforced agreement with an Espionage Act . Effectively silencing dissent. Eugene Debs sent to jail for protesting etc